There are a few different ways to measure volatility in the bond market, but one of the simplest is via the average daily trading range.  That particular metric is showing volatility in line with the lowest levels on record.

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The lower volatility goes and the longer it stays there, the more likely we are to see a big move in rates.  Many would argue that, because we've spent so much time moving toward higher rates during the past 2 years, that big move stands a good chance of being rate friendly.

The catch is that it could still take months before such a thing begins to materialize.  The other catch is that there are good reasons for the extended run of bad luck for rates.  Moreover, there's a risk of complacency due to the fact rates are being held a bit lower than they otherwise might be due to temporary fears that may or may not be justified.

Specifically, IF trade wars spiral out of control, IF emerging market contagion has an effect on the broader financial market, and IF the housing market continues to urge caution on the topic of further Fed rate hikes, it will have made sense to see actual rates hold back compared to rate hike expectations.  But to whatever extent those fears can be allayed, rates could have some catching up to do.

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MBS
FNMA 4.0
101-27 : +0-02
Treasuries
10 YR
2.8458 : -0.0142
Pricing as of 8/31/18 10:25AMEST

Tomorrow's Economic Calendar
Time Event Period Forecast Prior
Friday, Aug 31
9:45 Chicago PMI * Aug 63.0 65.5
10:00 U Mich 1Yr Inf Final (%) Aug 2.9
10:00 U Mich 5-Yr Inf Final (%) Aug 2.5
10:00 U Mich Sentiment Final (ip) Aug 95.5 95.3